Herriman Mobile Goes Up, Again.

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The Pole Of Doom, unbendable and unhangable- or so the legend told. Many a Hero had entered its lair and made the attempt to lift it 30 feet in the air and clip it to the hanging pipe: and many a Hero had never returned.

That’s why Shawn and I work as a team. He knew a sailor’s trick of binding webbing to a vertical pole, and I figured how we could leapfrog our two electric hoists coupled with a few big lanyards to daisychain The Pole Of Doom (TPOD) to clip into the big hook in the sky.

Three hours later, no one had died, no lifts had toppled through the walls of the building, and the pole was flying like a horizontally levitating pencil.

Then came the plan I’d come up with to hang the big Yellow box, involving a rope from the end of TPOD & another rope dropping from the arm of the Y Box- both ropes joining to a separate hoist a ground level, and the hoists hooked to webbing held down by 300 pounds of sand.

The other side of TPOD should have had its own 400 pound weight, as well as the 390 pounds necessary to counterbalance the stone end. But I overthought it, and wound up thinking wrong, changed the original plan, and only had the 390 counterbalance. This led to a reimagineering of the two hoists on the opposite end, with one hoist moving to anchor a small 860 pound vertical lift we rolled in from another room.The back & forth cost us a fair chunk of time, but once things were in place it all went back up soon enough- about a 14 hour day.

Which just left another full day of wiring and tweaking and taking off salt cubes and reatatching them, and spinning the big Yellow box 90 degrees by adding another caribiner without taking its load off the sculpture- this took a great bit of high magician skill.

It is a Legend. It’s a blog Legend. And it is true, in Herriman Library.

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